Kirstie Allsopp lost 2st by following ‘metabolic balance’ diet


Kirstie Allsopp is best known for presenting Location, Location, Location on Channel 4. Before her 50th birthday, she decided to overhaul her diet and exercise regime in a bid to reduce possible health risks associated with being overweight. 

Kirstie, who has “being overweight obviously is a matter of personal choice”, turned to nutritional therapist Amelia Freer to help her lose weight. The healthy eating expert, who has previously coached Sam Smith and James Corden, advised her to go on the “metabolic balance” diet.

The diet was personalised to Kirstie and saw her cut out bread, potatoes, aubergines and wine. She had to eat three meals a day, five hours apart. 

Throughout the programme, Kirstie lost more than two stone and went from a UK size 16 to a size 12. 

Kirstie said it wasn’t a “complicated” diet to follow. “The first bite should always be protein. Eat greens and proteins and keep carbs to a minimum,” she added. 

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The foods she cut out were because they “didn’t suit” her. She “doesn’t eat them [potatoes] anymore, and aubergines don’t agree with me”. Kirstie added: “Wine doesn’t agree with me so now I drink vodka martinis.” 

Instead, she “eats more greens” and will “order two salads” when eating out. Kirstie also confessed to not “being a pasta person for a while”. 

The presenter spoke about having to change the way she views certain foods: “It’s viewing vegetables as carbs. It’s always the beans, the broccoli – there’s no need for potatoes.” 

She also eats less sugar and said: “That’s the most extraordinary thing when you reduce your sugar, it’s weird, it doesn’t feel as if you’re depriving yourself when you think it isn’t part of your life.” 

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